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With fuel prices skyrocketing, the Planet Express crew sets off on a dangerous mission: to infiltrate the world's only dark-matter mine, source of all spaceship fuel. But deep beneath the surface lies a far stranger place... a medieval land of dragons and sorcery and intoxicated knights who look suspiciously like Bender. So park your hover-car and saddle up your unicorn for Futurama's grandest adventure yet: BENDER'S GAME!
At once a merciless skewering of all things fanboy and an extremely satisfying addition to the Futurama franchise, Bender's Game is among the best of the animated series' feature length adventures. The game in question is Dungeons and Dragons, and Bender wants in--only robots aren't programmed with the necessary imagination. Naturally, Bender's plans to develop one go completely awry and land him in an android asylum. The role-playing plotline later re-emerges--in typically convoluted Futurama fashion--via a subplot involving Professor Farnsworth's conversion of dark matter into spaceship fuel, which created a key to a very D&D-influenced universe where our hapless heroes eventually find themselves. The alternate world storyline allows for much lampooning of fantasy tropes, with Lord of the Rings receiving the lion's share of the tweaks. Seeing as how the writers have already devoted much of the movie's running time to parodying Star Wars and Star Trek (and their Lego offshoots), one might think that Bender's Game might suffer from pop-culture overload, but surprisingly, it all feels fresh and frequently funny, and the writers are wise to ground the story in their eccentric characters rather than pinballing them through an endless string of gags. The result is probably the strongest of the direct-to-DVD Futurama releases to date, and one that newcomers to the show's cracked universe can appreciate as much as longtime fans.As with previous Futurama DVD releases, the extras come fast and furious on Bender's Game: commentary by members of the cast and production team (including Matt Groening) is both informative and funny, while interviews with the writers and producers discuss, among other topics, the influence of Dungeons and Dragons on the series and the 3D models used in the feature. Aspiring animators might appreciate "How To Draw Futurama in 83 Easy Steps and the storyboard animatic for the first part of the story, while the "Genetics Lab" feature allows for some amusing Dr. Moreau-style cross-breeding of the characters. Recording session bloopers and a deleted scene offer their own laughs, but the most enjoyable extra must be the preview for the next Futurama feature, Into the Wild Green Yonder, which suggests a shocking development for one of the show's regulars. -- Paul Gaita
Beyond Futurama: Bender's Game
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Very funny and jam packed with features, my only complaint is the damn carbon neutral cases that all futurama stuff comes in now. It is cardboard and it can scratch the disks.Published 2 months ago by Skylar Munkers
Nothing to say. You like futurama a lot or not. I'm waiting for the first two movies in blu Ray format.
This blu Ray version comes with some extras... Nothing fancy. Read more
I did not like this movie and the dvd case came all messed up I would not have bought it if I knew I was buying something that looks like a kid had it then played with it THEN sent... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tazzer
The guys finally delve into the world of Dungeons and Dragons. It's about time. Great show, very immaginative as usual.Published 7 months ago by Jim Fenn
If you love Futurama, you'll love Bender's Game. If you love D&D you'll find it either highly amusing or insulting. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Pink
First off: I have the entire collection; from Space Pilot to Meanwhile, on DVD.
Now that I have my PS3 hooked up to a 37" HDTV, it looks awesome, and I'm looking forward... Read more
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Do the Bender. This one's called the Bender.
May 25, 2009 by Amazon Customer | See all 3 posts
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Thanks....also picked up "Into the Wild Green Yonder" as well for $9.99....Amazon really dropped the ball on these two Futurama blurays!
Aug 28, 2010 by J. S. White | See all 2 posts
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